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Cedar Rapids Man In Disbelief After Winning $50,000 Lottery Prize

Kyle Reynolds Claims Top Prize Playing 'Holiday Super Crossword' Scratch Game

Kyle Reynolds   Hear Kyle tell his story.

DES MOINES, Iowa - A Cedar Rapids man said he's still in disbelief that he won a $50,000 top prize on an Iowa Lottery "Holiday Super Crossword" instant-scratch ticket.

"We still (don't) believe it. We figure something is still going to screw up, I did something wrong," Kyle Reynolds, 56, said.

Reynolds purchased his winning ticket early Sunday morning at Kwik Shop, 3301 J St. SW in Cedar Rapids following his overnight steward job at The Hotel at Kirkwood Center.

"I went home and scratched it off and I couldn't believe it," he said. "I checked it about 20 times."

Reynolds said he woke up his wife, Karen, to have her check his winning ticket. He also took it back to the convenience store to have a clerk check it.

"We checked it about 10 times since Sunday. We still can't believe it," he said.

Reynolds claimed his prize Tuesday at the lottery's regional office in Cedar Rapids. He claimed the fifth of 17 top prizes of $50,000 available in the Holiday Super Crossword game.

Reynolds, a loyal Crossword player, said he knew he had a winning ticket.

"It was the last letter that gave me three words," he said.

Holiday Super Crossword is a $5 scratch game. Players win a prize by uncovering at least three complete words in either puzzle or the complete bonus word in the play area on each ticket. Players who uncover 10 complete words win one of the game's $50,000 top prizes. The overall odds of winning a prize in the game are 1 in 3.69.

Reynolds said he plans to use his lottery winnings to pay off his mortgage.

Twelve top prizes of $50,000 are still up for grabs in Holiday Super Crossword, as well as 26 prizes of $5,000, 34 prizes of $500 and hundreds of prizes of $100.

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